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Temporary Wiring: How to plan for test facilities and the outdoors

Temporary Wiring: How to plan for test facilities and the outdoors | Test and Measurement Equipment by MATsolutions | Scoop.it

"This means that if you are prototyping electrical equipment, you can use wire nuts outside of an enclosure to splice in power and you don’t have to worry about NEC compliance. On the other hand, this must not be allowed to become a permanent installation."

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Occasionally, test regimes will require test instruments to be set up outdoors, and research needs to be done in temporary areas. This article will help you make sure your setup is done safely. 

 

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VIDEO: Automatic Measurements in the Time Domain

"A Tektronix MDO3104 oscilloscope is used to demonstrate the use of Automatic Measurements as a troubleshooting and design tool."

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Take a look at this video using the Tektronix MDO3104 oscilloscope to taking automatic measurements in the time domain.

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USB vs. Benchtop—The Great Test-Equipment Debate

USB vs. Benchtop—The Great Test-Equipment Debate | Test and Measurement Equipment by MATsolutions | Scoop.it
Both form factors have their benefactors. But when making decisions on equipment, it’s essential that you first meticulously evaluate your needs and look at critical specs.
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Benchtop or USB Oscilloscopes? Both have pros and cons such as higher performance, or more accessibility.  This article explores the key advantages and disadvantages. Which one do you prefer? 

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Check and Control IoT Power Consumption

Check and Control IoT Power Consumption | Test and Measurement Equipment by MATsolutions | Scoop.it
Optimum power management is one of the key design goals in any Internet of Things device. The trick is measuring the device’s power consumption under rapidly changing conditions.
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IoT devices are made to run a long time on small batteries. This can be done through the planning stage with measurement strategies and test equipment. 

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4½ Practical Uses for a Diode

4½ Practical Uses for a Diode | Test and Measurement Equipment by MATsolutions | Scoop.it
The ubiquitous diode—though you likely have a good understanding of this device, this primer of sorts acts as a quick-read guide, highlighting many of the essentials you need to know.
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Diodes are non-linear and passive devices. Learn more about them in this article and see 4½ practical uses for them.

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Not All Emulators Are Created Equal

Not All Emulators Are Created Equal | Test and Measurement Equipment by MATsolutions | Scoop.it
Speed, throughput, and latency are the key parameters in determining hardware-emulation performance.
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Hardware-emulation adoption has become a mandatory verification tool in Silicon Valley. Right now, there are three different hardware-emulation technologies, architectures, and implementations. Do you know what they are? 

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DMM 101: Handheld vs. bench digital multimeters | Tektronix

DMM 101: Handheld vs. bench digital multimeters | Tektronix | Test and Measurement Equipment by MATsolutions | Scoop.it
By Robert Green
More than perhaps any other instrument category, digital multimeters or DMMs come in a wide range of shapes and sizes. DMMs intended for use in the field emphasize portability and battery operation so service technicians and maintenance personnel can quickly and easily make basic voltage, current and resistance measurements as they go from location to location. For these applications, resolution, accuracy, measurement speed or connection to a computer are less important than battery life, durability and size.
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Handhelds and bench digital multimeters both offer different sets of features and capabilities. Take a look at what areas these two sizes perform the best. Which one do you use?  #testandmeasurement

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Making Power Supply Transient Recovery Time Measurements with Digital Multimeters | Tektronix

Making Power Supply Transient Recovery Time Measurements with Digital Multimeters | Tektronix | Test and Measurement Equipment by MATsolutions | Scoop.it
By Josh Brown
Transient recovery time, simply put, is duration of time needed for a power supply to return to its set level after a load is applied. Those of us who do not design power supplies have a tendency to take this for granted, applying whatever loading circuitry we are working on until, perhaps, the supply performance degrades to the point it impacts our own work. Power supplies are a little like people, if you ask more from them than they are capable of, they won’t perform like you might expect.
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Transient recovery time is important to measure to make sure you are not causing the equipment to underperform. 

 

This post provides insight on how to measure transient recovery time by walking through the method using the LM25088MH-1EVL evaluation board from Texas Instruments. 

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Wi-Fi Testing Now Includes Performance

Just because your Wi-Fi router complies with 802.11 standards and has passed interoperability tests doesn't mean that you'll be happy with its performance. That's why the Broadband Forum is developing WT-398. When approved, WT-398 will specify tests for Wi-Fi router performance. In parallel with that document's development, the University of New Hampshire Interoperability Lab (UNH-IOL) has announced testing services for Wi-Fi performance. 

The impetus for WT-398, which is not yet available publicly, came from service providers that deliver internet access and provide either Wi-Fi routers that are either integrated with gateways or are separate units. "Service providers found themselves providing support for home networking issues," said UNH-IOL senior engineer Lincoln Lavoie in an interview with EE Times. "The problem stems from so many devices now being connected to a home router." 

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"In addition to fairness and quality of service, test plans will cover interference from other devices such as ZigBee and Bluetooth that use the same unlicensed 2.4 GHz channels as Wi-Fi. Plus, there is the issue of many 802.11 routers covering any given area."

 

The WT-398 standard is up for a vote and the release is expected by the end of June. 

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How to use oscilloscopes with integrated test instrumentation

How to use oscilloscopes with integrated test instrumentation | Test and Measurement Equipment by MATsolutions | Scoop.it

Many manufacturers have in recent years have introduced oscilloscopes with integrated test instrumentation. This means that the smaller and lighter oscilloscope enclosure actually houses about five additional test instruments."

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Oscilloscopes with integrated test instrumentation offer many benefits by housing additional instruments like portability and financial savings. This article explains how to use each feature for successful testing.

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Speeding Through Wireless Standards 

Speeding Through Wireless Standards  | Test and Measurement Equipment by MATsolutions | Scoop.it

This tutorial is designed to help you decide what to include in your test plan so that you ensure the product will pass regulatory certification and standard qualification.

It will explain why pre-compliance testing for the wireless standard selected is needed. 

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A guide worth reading by Tektronix about what to include in your test plan to ensure that the product will pass regulatory certification and standard qualification. 

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Your Guide to Buying Network Analyzers

Your Guide to Buying Network Analyzers | Test and Measurement Equipment by MATsolutions | Scoop.it

In order to choose the right network analyzer for a given application, it is necessary for buyers to understand the demands of the electrical network they will be working with.

 

Simple electrical networks that must measure amplitude alone can use a basic SNA-type network analyzer. Moderate to complex electrical networks that require measuring amplitude properties and phase properties require a VNA-type network analyzer. Complex electrical networks that must measure harmonics require a MTA or LSNA-type network analyzer.

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What information do you need and what factors should you take into consideration when buying a network analyzer? This guide walks you through. 

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Top test & measurement stories of 2017

Top test & measurement stories of 2017 | Test and Measurement Equipment by MATsolutions | Scoop.it

As we move on to a new year, it gives us some time to reflect on the year that just passed. Here is a summary of some of the most popular topics. 

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Ranging from transistor testing to reducing oscilloscope noise during measurements, here are the top test & measurement stories that got most attention in 2017.

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Measure phase difference with an oscilloscope

"All periodic signals can be described in terms of amplitude and phase. We all learned that in basic circuit theory. You surely recall having to calculate signal's phase change when it passed through a network. Fortunately, you can also measure phase with an oscilloscope using several methods."

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This article provides insight into some different methods to measure phase with an oscilloscope. Do you have a favorite one? 

 

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Turning Wi-Fi testing sideways: Inside Verizon's Sideways House

Turning Wi-Fi testing sideways: Inside Verizon's Sideways House | Test and Measurement Equipment by MATsolutions | Scoop.it
When a company tests how well their residential Wi-Fi access points work, they want to replicate the home environment as closely as possible, right down to building materials and furniture. Often that means renting or purchasing a more-or-less typical suburban home to use as a test house. Some even outfit the house with tracks on which device-equipped test robots can run, to assess device and network performance as a user moves from room to room.
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Take a look inside Verizon's Sideways House used to conduct testing for Fios and eventually, 5G. 

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How to Validate Embedded FPGA

How to Validate Embedded FPGA | Test and Measurement Equipment by MATsolutions | Scoop.it
How do you validate an embedded FGPA? Flex Logix’s Abhijit Abhyankar offers his take in a talk with Technology Editor Bill Wong.
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These insights on the embedded FPGA (eFPGA) show us that it isn't just about the design but it has also been highly tested with validation chips and automated test systems to ensure first-time success. 

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How to avoid errors in low-voltage measurements

How to avoid errors in low-voltage measurements | Test and Measurement Equipment by MATsolutions | Scoop.it

"Subtle difficulties can plague tests involving low voltages. Here are the biggest culprits and surefire ways to avoid them." 

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It is important to avoid the common mistakes many make when doing tests involving low-voltage measurements. What are some other mistakes often made that aren't listed in this article? 

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EMI emissions testing: peak, quasi-peak, and average measurements

EMI emissions testing is critical to bringing a product to market. Most electrical and electronic products require regulatory compliance testing, which must be performed in an approved test lab. Such testing can be expensive, especially if the product fails. A failed test can result in lost time to market and cost overruns. 

To minimize unwanted trips to the test lab prior to compliance tests, you can measure EMI emissions from your product. Not only will this increase your chances of passing emission compliance testing the first time, it can help you identify potential issues early on and reduce the need for last-minute product redesigns. There are several measurements you can do using a spectrum analyzer or EMI receiver.

MATsolutions's insight:

To measure EMI emissions, your spectrum analyzer must have the correct software to support quasi-peak, peak and average detection. View our spectrum analyzers here: http://srenew.al/191829

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5G Will Take Some Rethinking to Scale

Before we see 5G networks and handsets, semiconductor fabs will need to change the way that they process wafers, test engineers will have to figure out how to test, and handset designers will have to figure out how to track steered beams as people move. On top of these and other problems, wireless products will have to sell for prices close to current levels. These were the takeaways from the 5G Summit at the 2018 International Microwave Symposium (IMS). 

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There are some processes that still need to be considered for 5G to come to life. This article explains the discussions from the  5G Summit at the 2018 International Microwave Symposium (IMS). 

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Will 5G be reliable?

In May of this year, I attended an Emerging Technologies Workshop as part of the IEEE ComSoc International Communications Quality and Reliability Conference. During this workshop, I had the opportunity to present some of National Instruments' work in the 5G space, and to learn how others view 5G’s impact. In particular, I was curious to hear more about reliability as a key performance objective of 5G and the specific use cases targeted by the 3GPP. 

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The deployment of 5G will likely be longer than LTE because the standard has so many variations and configurations. See what the deployment will look like and what will need to be done to ensure 5G will be reliable.

 

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Measuring earth's magnetic field

Measuring earth's magnetic field | Test and Measurement Equipment by MATsolutions | Scoop.it
Earth’s magnetic field is far stronger than that of Venus or Mars, and this single fact explains why life on earth is abundant while its nearest
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Ever thought about how you could measure Earth's magnetic field? Take a look at this article to see just how it can be done. 

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Develop Repeatable RF Measurement Methods

Develop Repeatable RF Measurement Methods | Test and Measurement Equipment by MATsolutions | Scoop.it
These practices can lead to consistent results with test equipment, including those routines that help ensure the safety of the equipment as well as those who are at the controls.
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How you choose your equipment and testing plan is key to making testing more accurate and simple. It is also very important to make sure the equipment is properly calibrated. Take a look at this article to see how you can overcome the main issues that may affect the accuracy of measurements performed on RF/microwave aerospace systems. 

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What’s the Difference Between Signal Analyzers and Oscilloscopes for Frequency Analysis?

What’s the Difference Between Signal Analyzers and Oscilloscopes for Frequency Analysis? | Test and Measurement Equipment by MATsolutions | Scoop.it

The analysis of RF and microwave signals in the frequency domain used to be the forte of the spectrum analyzer, but now it’s become a choice between signal analyzers and digital oscilloscopes. How did this happen? What’s the difference? How how do we choose? Let’s take a look.

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Are you aware of the difference Between Signal Analyzers and Oscilloscopes for Frequency Analysis? They might seem identical for this purpose, but that's not always the case.

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Promising Future Ahead For Spectrum Analyzer Market

Promising Future Ahead For Spectrum Analyzer Market | Test and Measurement Equipment by MATsolutions | Scoop.it

Spectrum analyzers are a handy tool that analyze signal frequencies and amplitude on a logarithmic scale when an electrical signal passes through the device’s system. Over the years, spectrum analyzers have become widely used in industries like manufacturing, designing, and even in services involving repairs, determining performance, along with detecting and troubleshooting errors of electrical devices.

 

The process of measuring modulation quality is implemented for smooth data transmission, which is critical on both the transmission and receiver end. Some important spectrum analyzer characteristics to complement this facet of a spectrum analyzer’s functions are signal-to-noise ratio, along with noise figure tests, all of which improve the overall performance of the system.

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The spectrum analyzer markets has grown rapidly for the past couple of years. The huge demand for wireless technology, in combination with better bandwidth and frequency, as well the use of portable and handheld analyzers, are important drivers behind the growth.

This article lays out key trends in the Spectrum Analyzer market, such as an increased demand for secondhand spectrum analyzers.

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How to bring innovation into your product design and engineering

How to bring innovation into your product design and engineering | Test and Measurement Equipment by MATsolutions | Scoop.it

Your days may be so packed that it's difficult to carve out time for innovation. And yet you know it's important. It's a new year and the perfect timing to re-evaluate how you are doing things and what that could be improved.

 

Tools that help free up your daily tasks are critical. Learn about these and other tools that will help you integrate innovation into your workflow.

 

SAVE TIME
Boost efficiency and streamline your workflow, saving valuable time and allowing innovation to flourish.

 

UNLOCK INNOVATION
Break down the barriers to what you can achieve when designing the next generation of your product.

 

INCREASE INNOVATION CAPACITY
Innovate more quickly, meet consumer demands for customized products, and get the product out the door faster.

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Innovation - so easy to wish for, more challenging to set off time for. The biggest obstacle to innovation is just that, lack of time. This ebook lays out strategies to break down the barriers to innovation and help unleash your creativity.

 

This ebook will share strategies to that break down the barriers to innovation and help unleash your creativity.

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